Megatokyo – when I first came upon this, it was in Borders. It was looking through the manga section, and the first Megatokyo manga (the Iron Cat edition) caught my eye. I was interested by it, so I bought it. At the back of the book, I realized that it was a webcomic. And it was on Megatokyo that I learned about “forums” – and let me tell you this, forums are like marijuana. They dumb you down, they’ll consume your life, and it’s a gateway drug to other stuff that’ll consume your life on the interweb. Not to mention, it also introduced me to l33t sp34k! Still, I owe it to Megatokyo for putting me on this path – were it not for them, I wouldn’t be typing up this post right now, or enjoying the glory of other webcomics.
Still, I’ve grown out of Megatokyo. It’s lost what it used to have since Rodney left.
Still onto the story.
Megatokyo is pretty much about two guys, Largo and Piro, who get lost in Japan and have to try to find their way home. At first, the webcomic was meant as an intentional, one shot comic strip. However, after Rodney Caston left, Fred Gallagher moved this webcomic into one that actually had a storyline. It’s quite odd, actually – Piro’s perspective in Japan is actually based off of Shouja mangas and animes (love, drama, cute girls, etc), whereas Largo’s is based off of Shounen entertainment (guns, Rent-a-zillas, ninjas, etc). It’s all a parody of otaku culture and every single otaku’s fantasy, pretty much – a hardcore otaku’s, anyways. It’s an exaggeration, no doubt about that. However, the webcomics become very successful, and considering that Fred has made a living out of it, you can always check it out, eh? Why not, it’s free! And see how he’s been able to make a living off of it!
And for those you too lazy to go through nearly a 1000 strips, you can always go out and buy the volumes. or check out the Reader’s Guide to Megatokyo. It’s even got a drinking game, too! So